In the following equation, identify Arrhenius acids or bases and Bronsted-Lowry acids or bases. NH3 + H2O --> NH4 +1 + OH-1

1 Answer
Jul 3, 2014

There are no Arrhenius acids or bases. NH₃ is a Brønsted-Lowry base. H₂O is a Brønsted-Lowry acid

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In your equation

NH₃ + H₂O → NH₄⁺ + OH⁻

The NH₃ has become NH₄⁺. It has one more H atom. It has accepted a proton (H⁺), so it is a Brønsted-Lowry base.

The H₂O has become OH⁻. It has one less H atom. It has donated a proton (H⁺), so it is a Brønsted-Lowry acid.

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